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Erastus Corning II Tower

5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
+1 518-474-2418
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360^ Albany

What a gem, and free to visit. Spectacular panorama of the city. Easy elevator access to the top... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Margaret C
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Wigan, United Kingdom
Many sights to behold

Offering the tallest views outside of Manhattan, the observation deck of this building offers... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
TexFlyers
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Houston, Texas
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This 42-story building was dedicated in 1983 to the memory of Erastus Corning 2nd, a long-time mayor of Albany who played a special role in the creation of the Plaza as the center of state government. The Tower is the tallest building in New York State outside of New York City. The building dominates the Albany skyline with its glass, marble and angular forms. The Corning Tower Observation Deck is located on the 42nd floor. Breathtaking views of Albany, the Plaza, and surrounding areas can be enjoyed. Also visible are the Hudson River Valley, the Port of Albany, large portions of the city and its government, the foothills of the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (LAST CHECK-IN AT 3:45 p.m.). Hours subject to change without notice. Closed Saturday and Sunday and holidays. To gain access to the Observation Deck, all persons 16 and older must check in by presenting photo identification at the Observation Deck Check-In, Concourse Level, Corning Tower. Persons under 16 must be accompanied by an adult with photo identification.
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“hudson river” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a gem, and free to visit. Spectacular panorama of the city. Easy elevator access to the top and guides are there to explain places of interest

Thank Margaret C
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Offering the tallest views outside of Manhattan, the observation deck of this building offers incredible views of Downtown Albany and the Hudson River. Located not too far away from the New York State Capitol & right next door to the Egg, admission to the observation...More

1  Thank TexFlyers
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Another amazing free activity in the State Capitol. Contrary to another earlier review, NO ID is required, just follow the signs to the observation deck escalator and then to the elevator that shoots you up to the 42nd floor. WOW! What a view from up...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

This building is located in the Empire State Plaza a must stop when visiting Albany.It is next to the State Museum You can miles from the enclosed observation deck. The best thing its free.

Thank dvmbad
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Free and fast. Take the elevator up to the top floor to look down (all enclosed).A great view of the surrounds of Albany. Definitely worth a visit. Family friendly.

Thank karenV6184ZA
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

The observatory deck gives you 270 degree aerial view of the city. It's up above the 41st floor. On a clear day you can expect to see quite far. The best part of the observatory is that it's free. If you are around the capital...More

Thank Griffin Y
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Being an architect, and fond of all styles of architecture (that's good), let me say that the Corning Tower itself is worthless as a specimen of modern architecture, just like the rest of the Empire State Plaza. Everything about the whole complex is wrong, misguided...More

2  Thank Keydawn
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Leave it to NYS to design a tower with only a 270 degree view; most of Albany cannot be seen from the so-called "observation deck." To add to the insult, it's closed on weekends and evenings. For real. I can picture the design meetings back...More

2  Thank BrewerG
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

I enjoyed looking around at this venue and the lift ride to the top of the building was fast and it was great to walk around and see the great vierws of the city. I was fortunate to have a reasonable fine day so I...More

2  Thank Fiona B
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

We went to the top, which is all you can do really. You can see everything for miles from the building and in the fall the colors are beautiful.

1  Thank Deanne M
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Weldermike07
14 October 2015|
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
The only way to access the Corning Tower Observation Deck is by elevator. The stairs are only meant for emergency purposes. The Observation Deck is open M-F from 10AM - 3:45PM. Visit ogs.ny.gov for more info or contact the... More
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